Weekly Book Newsletter
26 March 2008

Borders turns to major shareholder for help x

Borders’ Australian, New Zealand and Singapore stores may be under new ownership by January 2009 regardless of the outcome of negotiations with potential local purchasers.... Read more

Profits down at Random House x

Random House Australia’sÿparent company Bertelsmann has reported a decline in profit for 2007, but the publisher’s results in Australia ‘wereÿstrong in 2007 andÿin line withÿexpectations,’... Read more

Bertelsmann explores sale of book club unit x

The media group Bertelsmann, parent company of Random House Australia, is exploring the sale of its book club unit, Direct Group. Chief Executive Hartmut Ostrowski said... Read more

Brumby, Bookwise, Gary Allen and Tower become The Scribo Group x

Following an announcement in February that they would be merging, Brumby Books & Music, Bookwise, Gary Allen and Tower Books have announced a name for... Read more

Tan nominated for a Hugo x

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Lothian) has been nominated for yet another award, this time in the United States. The Arrival has been nominated for... Read more

Kids still wild about Harry x

Harry Potter is still Australian children’s favourite read, according to an Angus & Robertson poll of more than 15,000 readers. J K Rowling’s indefatigable boy... Read more

Retailers warned against underpaying staff x

Australia’s Workplace Ombudsman, Nicholas Wilson, has warned retailers to abandon attempts to ‘get around’ workplace laws. The warning came after a Melbourne retailer was fined... Read more

Registration open for ABA Conference x

Registration is now open for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association conference, to be held in Melbourne on 15-17 June. All ABA members, bookshop owners, franchisees,... Read more

Bestsellers this week x

Coming in at number one this week in the Highest New Entries chart is children’s book Columbia Sneezes! Not about Columbians with hay fever problems... Read more

Forthcoming events x

Trade events coming up over the next week, as shown on our events calendar, include: Victorian Community History Awards entries close, 28 March Contemporary Australian... Read more

Around the World x

Stories posted to our Around the World blog this week include: UK publishers don’t realise how much Aussies resent them, says Rosenbloom Buy a book,... Read more



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